No Swedish politicians represent PKK, says Swedish FM
Sweden’s Foreign Minister Ann Linde rejected claims by Turkish media that there were terrorism supporters in the Swedish parliament in a tweet on Friday.
“Incorrect information that Swedish politicians in democratic assemblies represent the terrorist organisation PKK. These are serious allegations that have no basis. Violence, terrorism or extremism have no place in our democratic society,” Linde said.
Felaktiga uppgifter om att svenska politiker i demokratiska församlingar representerar terroristorganisationen PKK. Det är allvarliga anklagelser som saknar grund. Våldet, terrorismen och extremismen har ingen plats i vårt demokratiska samhälle.— Ann Linde (@AnnLinde) May 27, 2022
Pro-government Türkiye newspaper ran a story entitled “PKK blackmail for Sweden” on May 22, saying Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson had taken office thanks to “a deputy who supports the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG)”.
PKK, an armed group that has fought for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey for four decades, is designated a terrorist organisation by Sweden, while the Syrian Kurdish YPG is not. Turkey maintains the two organisations are related and designates both terrorists.
The newspaper was referring to Amineh Kakabaveh, an independent Swedish deputy with an Iranian-Kurdish background. It said the deputy had demanded Andersson support PKK in return for giving her critical support in parliament last year.
Two days before Türkiye newspaper’s report, Linde had said Sweden had been the first after Turkey to add PKK to the list of terrorist organisations. “This position remains unchanged,” she said.
Due to the vastly spread #disinformation about 🇸🇪 and PKK, we would like to recall that the 🇸🇪 Government of Olof Palme was first after 🇹🇷 to list PKK as a terrorist organization, already in 1984. EU followed suit 2002, when Anna Lindh was 🇸🇪 FM. This position remains unchanged.— Ann Linde (@AnnLinde) May 20, 2022
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has expressed objections to Sweden and Finland’s bids to join NATO as Russia’s war in Ukraine continues. Among reasons Erdoğan cites are Sweden’s alleged support for the PKK and its granting of asylum to persons wanted in Turkey for terrorism.